FBI is Remotely Activating Android Smartphone and Laptop Microphones

According to an article out in the Wall Street Journal this week, it appears that the FBI has been busy exploiting vulnerabilities in the Android operating system to spy on people.  Hopefully they’re just spying on the bad guys, but with things going as they have been lately, who knows? According to the WSJ’s source, the FBI resorts to these tactics when they’re out of options, and “don’t have any other choice.” The tools used...

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FBI Director Pushing for Internet Wiretaps

The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials familiar with the deliberations. The F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, has argued that the bureau’s ability to...

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Nation-Wide Facial Recognition Service Being Launched by FBI

I first started working with Biometrics back in the 1970’s in helping a graduate student develop a signature recognition system.  Back then we were using mainframes, punch cards, a TTY33 and some very grainy EBCDIC artwork to help render the signatures.  We never got very far, but we were able to make some interesting inroads.  Boy have things changed. We’ve talked on the show before about the NFL’s ties to the FBI...

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Hacking World Moves into Celebrity Nudes

The FBI has confirmed that it’s investigating claims by at least three young celebrities, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and singer Justin Timberlake, that their phones have been hacked.  Turns out that smart phones aren’t too smart when it comes to security and that celebrities seem to follow that same trend. The two nude photographs of Scarlett Johansson became widely available in the US after links to them were posted...

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4G Mobile Networks Cause Wiretap Concern at FBI

We’ve long known that the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies are able to obtain wire taps to monitor suspected criminal behavior on telephones and internet connections.  In recent years they’ve even been able to do some monitoring without court order via the Patriot Act. In a recently de-classified document, the FBI acknowledges that the wireless revolution is creating serious problems for monitoring individuals.  The...

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